Every four years, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) conducts a comprehensive review of the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program. The comprehensive review is performed in addition to any changes that were made during the four-year period. TWC is beginning the comprehensive review of TRS, which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Stakeholders are a critical component of this review. 

TWC has established a TRS workgroup to help inform the review. The TRS workgroup will review all of the input we receive and develop recommendations for TWC to consider in the development of new TRS Guidelines. This includes input from TWC-funded research that was conducted by the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston. CLI’s initial findings are available now. A link to this information is included under “Workgroup Resources.” The TRS workgroup also will consider input we receive from stakeholders. We invite child care providers and other stakeholders to submit input to TWC.


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Provide Feedback

Provide feedback on the TRS four-year review by e-mailing questions or input to TRS4yearReview@twc.state.tx.us.


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Stay Informed

Sign up to receive “TRS 4-Year Review” updates.


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TRS Workgroup Members



Courtney Arbour

Texas Workforce Commission

Reagan Miller

Texas Workforce Commission

Julie Richards

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Jacquie Porter

Texas Education Agency

April Crawford

UT Health Science Center, Children’s Learning Institute

Shay Everitt

Children at Risk

Kim Kofron

Texas Association for the Education of Young Children

Belinda Rojas


Michael Gonzalez

Kids R Kids

Bea Vargas

El Papalote Inclusive Child Development Center

Murriel Webb

Braswell Child Development Center

Jill Goodrich

Opportunity School

Erica Mata

Bess Knapp Child Development and Child Care

Sheila Matthews

Open Door East School

Rahima Bahalim

Super Kids Academy

Carolyn Griffin

Grace Place Child Development Center

Anthony Billings

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas

Mary Ross

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas

Judy McDonald

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County


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TRS Review Timeline

June 2019

TWC and Local Workforce Development Boards will conduct eight regional focus groups with invited child care providers. All child care providers are invited to submit input to TWC on any issues that they believe the workgroup should consider.  Feedback may be submitted by e-mailing: TRS4YearReview@twc.state.tx.us


July 23, 2019

TRS workgroup meeting, 10a.m.–4:00p.m., 101 East 15th Street, Austin
This will be a posted meeting, open to the public.

October 29, 2019

TRS workgroup meeting, 10:30a.m.–4:30p.m., 101 East 15th Street, Austin
This will be a posted meeting, open to the public

January 2020

TWC approval of draft TRS Guidelines

February 2020

Regional public meetings to receive input on draft TRS Guidelines

April 2020

TWC approval of final TRS Guidelines

September 2020

New TRS Guidelines become effective

Throughout the TRS review process, the workgroup will also meet through conference calls, as necessary. TWC will post workgroup meeting material and notes on this page as they become available.


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Workgroup Meeting Notes & Materials

Feedback Data Summary

This Data Summary includes the data collected from the eight regional focus groups, TRS staff phone calls, and the emails received via the TRS4yearReview@twc.state.tx.us mailbox regarding the considerations provided for the review, as well as the workgroup’s input.The Data Summary is a working document and will be updated as necessary following each workgroup meeting.

June 24, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

July 23, 2019 Workgroup Meeting

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

August 15, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials

August 29, 2019 Workgroup Conference Call

Meeting Notes

Meeting Materials


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Workgroup Resources


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